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Coast guard passed tips to fishing boss: prosecutors

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

A coast guard official was detained on Thursday on suspicion of taking bribes and leaking coast guard patrol schedules to a Chinese businessman, the Taichung District Prosecutors’ Office said.

Prosecutors suspect the official, Huang Wen-zhe (黃文哲), 47, received almost NT$1 million (US$33,100) in bribes from a Chinese fishery businessman surnamed Chi (蔡) for revealing the times and locations of coast guard operations to monitor cross-border fishing.

Huang allegedly passed the coast guard’s patrol schedule to a Taiwanese fisherman surnamed Chuang (莊), who then passed the information to Chi by telephone and radio.

The Taichung District Court on Thursday ordered Huang’s detention on corruption charges.

Meanwhile, Huang’s wife, Chen Wen-chun (陳文君), a coast guard contract worker who had been detained on related charges, was released on NT$100,000 bail, together with coast guard official Hsu Liang-chi (徐良吉), who was released on NT$50,000 bail, the prosecutors’ office said.

Chuang was released on NT$50,000 bail.

According to the prosecutors, Chi, who ran a fishery company that owned 10 fishing boats, had previously been arrested and fined seven times by the Taiwanese coast guard.

The prosecutors’ office said Huang and his wife went to China’s Fujian Province in June 2012, where they met Chi, who allegedly agreed to pay them NT$100,000 per boat, wiring them a total of NT$980,000 to Huang’s account.

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